Sunday, 16 November 2014

Bodrum Offer - Buy Tomb, Get One Free.


Knowing you are walking in the steps of those so long ago must make even a trip to the shops quite a thrill.
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This comment on Thursday's post jogged my memory and sent me on a trip to the supermarket, camera in hand.  I'm sure Helen could not have guessed how applicable her words are to shopping in Bodrum. 



This  rock cut tomb was discovered about 20 years ago, just North of the Mindos gate, on the site of Gima supermarket and after excavation, incorporated into the building.  The  store is now called CarrefourSA  and as I don't shop here I'd forgotten the tomb even existed.  


Unfortunately the tomb's six sarcophagi were robbed in antiquity but sufficient bones and pottery fragments were found to date it to the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC.
If you visit, walk around the back and you'll see another tomb in the car park.  It's a shame there are no signs as I'm sure thousands of people drive by having no idea what they are missing. 




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  1. . . by appointment to King Mausolus since . . forever. Purveyors of everything pre-packaged!

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    1. I wonder how many were bull dozed before theses were noticed.

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  2. All that just, as it were, lying around!

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    1. I think it was well covered until the dozers moved in.

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  3. Now that would be an offer I couldn't refuse. The equivalent here in Mid-Wales was when Tesco was building a new store in a nearby market town a few years ago and had to excavate the remains of the Roman road which ran the length of its car-park. Sadly it's all been covered up again. :-(

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    1. If carefully covered it at least is still there for future generations.

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  4. Amazing. How come we never knew about this?

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    1. Too fond of Tansas, its a bit of a walk from your place.

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  5. B to B, As you can imagine, there are thousands of such examples of such Istanbul sites that you can bump into in places like oto parks and the like. It would be great if some sort of official recognition could help the public feel some awe and respect for Turkey's ancient richness.

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  6. Brilliant post - and love that your memory was jogged by a fellow blogger's comment! Quite fascinating to see that bit of history preserved in one of the modern 'places of worship'...Axxx

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  7. Just amazing - bumping into such incredible sites so randomly, how I wished they preserved that or at least let the folks be aware, must be so amazing passing by day to day - amazing photos

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    1. I had completely forgotten it was there.

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  8. Wow, well we certainly never knew about that. Definitely going to hunt these out next time we're in Bodrum...no, you'd never think about looking around a supermarket's grounds for this would you?! :)

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    1. I hope you hunt me out too. I'll show you around.

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    1. I wonder how many staff take a sneaky lie down here when the store is closed.

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  10. Welcome Turkey Tour Packages. Thank you.

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